Rick Welts: Business, Basketball, and Diversity

Rick Welts, President and COO of the Golden State Warriors, and Dean Rich Lyons delve into a variety of topics — ranging from the role of an executive on a professional sports team, creating a company culture, as well as Rick’s decision to come out as a LGBT executive and the reaction of the industry.

An American professional basketball team, the Golden State Warriors have won four NBA championships in their franchise history, the most recent after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 Finals.

Rick joined the Warriors in 2011, after spending nine years with the Phoenix Suns, where he served as president and CEO and seventeen years with the NBA League offices, where he served as the third-highest ranking official in the NBA.

Rick is the recipient of the United States Tennis Association 2011 ICON Award which recognizes and celebrates those who have had a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in the sports industry and society.


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